JUDO Was founded in 1882 by Dr. Jigoro Kano,
a Japanese educationalist.
He had trained in several Jiu-Jitsu schools, but these only taught
Dr. Kano believed that
if the dangerous techniques were removed, and a system devised to include a
form of competition, this could be used in the Japanese education system to
develop physical and mental improvement.
Dr. Kano founded The KODOKAN Judo Club in Tokyo
and started with a few mats and nine pupils.
JUDO was brought to Europe by Gunji Koizumi, one of Dr. Kano's original students.
He founded The BUDOKWAI
Judo Club in London in 1918.
The club is still a power in British JUDO long after the founder died.
The British JUDO Association (BJA) was founded in 1948.
The Association is recognised by the International JUDO Federation
(IJF), the European JUDO Union (EJU) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), amongst others.
Kin Ryu's junior and senior players are members of the British Judo
JUDO is now a full Olympic sport, and is practiced in almost every
country in the world.
Dr. Kano formulated two
mottoes which he considered to encapsulate the philosophy of JUDO:
MAXIMUM EFFECT WITH MINIMUM EFFORT
GOING FORWARD TOGETHER
A properly run DOJO (training hall) observes the rules outlined here.
The high grades should respect the low grades and the strong should
respect the weak.
Dr. Kano envisaged JUDO
as a physical activity which would develop good citizens.
This can only happen if the principles on which JUDO were founded are